Michael P. Freed Named President and CEO of Priority Health: Michael P. Freed is the new president and CEO of Priority Health, one of Michigan’s largest health plans. Freed accepted the position having served as interim president and CEO for Priority Health since May. He has accepted the position while maintaining his current role as Executive Vice President & CFO of the Spectrum Health System. The Michigan Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation released a report in September recommending Priority Health’s HMO plan be selected as Michigan’s essential health benefits benchmark plan beginning Jan. 1. OFIR endorsed Priority Health’s plan as a framework for all individual and small group plans in Michigan due to its low-cost yet all-inclusive service options. Freed is a 30-year veteran of health care industry management, having spent the last 17 years serving within Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. His leadership experience also includes positions with Central New England HealthAlliance in Leominster, Mass., HealthAmerica in Pennsylvania, a Pittsburgh-based HMO owned by Coventry Corp., and Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Freed holds a bachelor’s degree from The State University of New York in Plattsburgh. He is also a certified public accountant. For more information visit www.priorityhealth.com.